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MicroSurvey CAD 2018 Update Released

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Service Pack 1 is available for MicroSurvey CAD 2018. The updated version contains important bug fixes, performance improvements and new functionality.

MicroSurvey CAD is a survey drafting toolkit that includes support for COGO, DTM, traversing, adjustments, volumes, contouring, and more. It is based on the IntelliCAD engine. To learn more about how ITC member MicroSurvey and the ITC work together:

 

Topics: CAD Microsurvey ITC IntelliCAD Survey

New Carlson 2019 Releases, Including DGN

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Carlson Software recently released version 2019 of its product suite including Carlson Mining, Carlson Survey, and Carlson Civil/Hydrology/GIS. Carlson products come with IntelliCAD built-in and an option for their end-users to purchase Autodesk® AutoCAD® separately if desired. 

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As expected, new features are found throughout the Carlson product line. Special mention goes to working natively with both .dwg and .dgn files. Open, save, print, and edit all with one CAD editor thanks to the IntelliCAD 9.0 engine.

For more details from Carlson, see:

Topics: CAD Survey Civil IntelliCAD Carlson Software DGN DWG

Carlson "Go West" User Conference in April 2018

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Carlson Software will host its "Go West" user conference April 9–11, 2018 in San Diego, California. Thinking of attending? Be sure to check out how Carlson Software incorporates the IntelliCAD engine into their product lines. About the conference, host director Shane Gardner said:

We poured over your feedback from past conferences. You wanted more options. We have added courses on CAD basics and have broadened the overall offerings to give you more and better choices."

Early bird pricing ends this week, January 31. Conference details >>

Interested in how Carlson Software's membership at the ITC works out? 

 

Topics: Carlson Software CAD ITC IntelliCAD IntelliCAD 6.6 Survey Civil

Carlson Software Comes with IntelliCAD Built In

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When purchasing Carlson Software, customers decide on their CAD engine: use built-in IntelliCAD at no extra cost or purchase AutoCAD, sold separately. Carlson programs include Survey, Civil, Hydrology, Mining, GIS, Point Cloud, Field, Natural Regrade, Construction, GeoTech, CADnet, and Trench.

The latest version of Carlson Software programs, Carlson 2018, was released last fall and is built on the IntelliCAD 8.3 engine. It includes new commands such as mleader, selection filters, gradient coloring and etransmit. While stability improvements were the main focus, the new version also has performance improvements such as selection, snapping, multithreaded open and regen.

Learn about Carlson and IntelliCAD working together >>

Learn about Carlson 2018 >>

 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Carlson Software Survey Civil

DotSoft Products Now Available for IntelliCAD

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IntelliCAD users can now use these DotSoft products, with more coming soon:

  • ToolPac : CAD Productivity Tools
  • XL2CAD : Excel to CAD Connectivity, eliminating OLE problems
  • WD2CAD : Word to CAD Connectivity, eliminating OLE problems
  • MapWorks : Civil/Survey, Mapping & GIS Tools

DotSoft is a developer of add-ons for multiple CAD engines and has been working directly with ITC developers to complete their port. DotSoft says this about working with ITC developers:

Of the three engine developers we work with, the ITC is certainly the most responsive and was very quick to address every issue we encountered. We look forward to working with the ITC and its members in the future. 

More details from DotSoft >> 

Topics: CAD IntelliCAD ITC DotSoft Civil GIS Survey

New Release: MicroSurvey CAD 2018

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Based on IntelliCAD version 8.4, the new release of MicroSurvey CAD 2018 includes support for version 2018 .dwg files, Esri® Shapefile import, Trimble® JobXML file import, and 3D point labels. 

MicroSurvey CAD is a complete survey drafting toolkit available with a perpetual license and includes support for COGO, DTM, traversing, adjustments, volumes, contouring, and more. 

MicroSurvey CAD is delivered by ITC member MicroSurvey. To learn more about how MicroSurvey and the ITC work together:

 

Topics: Microsurvey Survey ITC IntelliCAD DWG CAD

ITC Entrepreneurs take the Stage

iw2017members.pngEntrepreneurial solutions from entrepreneurs. It was the morning of the last day at IntelliCAD World when four ITC members presented their IntelliCAD solutions and highlights of why they were members of the consortium. 

David Carlson, Carlson Software

Carlson Software has been in the CAD business since the 80s and delivers products in the civil, mining, GIS, construction, survey, data collection, and machine control markets. In Auckland, we saw a demo of working with 3D contours: overburden, elevations, fence diagrams, ground, strata.

When Carlson joined the ITC in 2007, in under a year they released their same software that ran with Autodesk® AutoCAD® to run with IntelliCAD too. Now Carlson's products come with IntelliCAD built-in at no extra cost, and users decide whether to purchase a seat of AutoCAD. The ability to choose matters.

We also learned that Carlson is a big contributor to LandXML, where they contributed a free 3D LandXML viewer and upgrade tools. LandXML is an open data standard used within the land development industry. Open standards also matter.

Go Carlson Software >>

Bill Wright, Wrightsoft

Wrightsoft has also been in the CAD business since the 80s when it started out with no venture capital. Seeing a need back then for better heating, ventilation, and air conditioning design, they continue to deliver HVAC planning, design, sales, and installation software for the desktop and now for tablet and mobile.

Wrightsoft has solutions based on their own CAD editor and another line that's based on IntelliCAD, which we saw in action: load meters, diameters and sizes, data extraction, and automatic calculations on-the-go when you change anything in a room or building.

And then there's BIM. With Wrightsoft and IntelliCAD, you can auto-trace a BIM .rvt file to automatically generate smart objects and make calculations. It's a great example of what members are doing with the beta version libraries for reading and writing BIM .rvt files.

Wrightsoft has also changed the way HVAC gets done. They were an original partner with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) to define HVAC standards that continue to be used today. Market disruption matters. Standards matter. 

Go Wrightsoft >>

Brian Sloman, MicroSurvey 

MicroSurvey has been in business for 30 years. They joined the ITC in 2005 and ported their code base to IntelliCAD 6. They build vertical solutions on top of IntelliCAD for survey design and mapping, mining, and the public safety sector. 

At IntelliCAD World we saw a demo of IMS Map360 that runs with IntelliCAD. It can import data from manual measurements (think tape measures which are still very common), survey equipment, laser scanners, terrestrial (tripods), and cameras mounted on vehicles, drones, and backpacks. Output includes sketches and reports that are often used during court hearings to prove facts. There's heavy use of point clouds (even animated), architectural objects, trajectory rods (cones of uncertainty), and Trimble SketchUp symbols

With all of this technology, the design for public safety products has to be simple and easy to use. Their end-users aren't CAD from the CAD world and shouldn't need to be in order to get all the precision of CAD. Good design matters.

Go MicroSurvey >>

Mark Taylor, FRAMECAD

FRAMECAD has been in business since 1987 and joined the ITC in 2011. They develop the FRAMECAD System — software and hardware that designs and builds efficient, strong, and durable steel framed buildings.

A few days before at the start of the conference, we were at the FRAMECAD site to see a live demo of the IntelliCAD-based software at work. And then the machine was at work, taking in steel and outputting braces for a wall, all within a couple of minutes.

Back at the conference, we learned that BIM is really important for FRAMECAD moving forward: reading in drawings that contain all the data they need in a "fast, easy, friendly" way. But it's more than that: BIM has the power to move from planning and drawing in a silo to planning and drawing in collaboration. And collaboration is key from the FRAMECAD perspective to build faster and with fewer mistakes when all the various players show up to the construction site. Collaboration matters. 

Go FRAMECAD >>

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC IntelliCAD World Conference FRAMECAD BIM Microsurvey Survey Civil HVAC Accident Reconstruction Carlson Software Wrightsoft

MicroSurvey CAD 2017 Recently Released

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New features of MicroSurvey CAD 2017 include: smart polylines, smart point blocks, Microsoft® Bing® maps integration, cloud storage integration, and much more.

MicroSurvey CAD 2017 is powered by the IntelliCAD engine and is a desktop survey and design program for land surveyors and civil engineers. It is available at five feature levels: Basic, Standard, Premium, Ultimate, and Studio. 

For more information and to download a free demo version of MicroSurvey CAD 2017, visit www.microsurvey.com/2017. 

Topics: ITC Survey Microsurvey IntelliCAD Civil

IntelliCAD used by MicroSurvey in Mapping, Accident Reconstruction, Forensics, Civil, and Survey

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MicroSurvey Software Inc. — member of the ITC — delivers its many IntelliCAD-based applications to land surveyors, civil engineers, seismic surveyors, mapping professionals, police officers, and accident reconstruction specialists. There are many different CAD development platforms available, but year after year MicroSurvey chooses IntelliCAD because it is the only open source, non-profit, cooperative CAD development platform.

IntelliCAD Co-op is the foundation for our civil, survey and forensic CAD applications. IntelliCAD provides a familiar CAD interface for our users and familiar development APIs for our developers. In addition to the standard APIs, IntelliCAD Co-op provides complete source access at the core level that has enabled new solutions we could not create on any other CAD platform. – Jason Poitras, General Manager MicroSurvey, ITC Secretary

To learn more about how MicroSurvey benefits from ITC membership, go to https://www.intellicad.org/microsurvey-case-study

MicroSurveywww.microsurvey.com
IntelliCAD Technology Consortium: www.intellicad.org

Topics: CAD IntelliCAD Microsurvey Civil Survey Mapping Forensics Accident Reconstruction CO-OP Membership

With Carlson Software, CAD Users Choose Their CAD Platform

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Carlson Software creates software for land development, engineering, and mining. Since 2007, when Carlson Software joined the ITC, Carlson customers have had a choice in CAD platforms: IntelliCAD® or Autodesk® AutoCAD®. 

"If a user already has AutoCAD, they can run our solutions. If they are looking for an effective, lower cost CAD alternative, then Carlson's products come with IntelliCAD built in, ready to use for no extra cost." – Bruce Carlson, President/Founder of Carlson Software

To learn about how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, go to www.intellicad.org/carlson-case-study.

Carlson Software: www.carlsonsw.com
IntelliCAD Technology Consortium: www.intellicad.org

 

 

 

Topics: CAD IntelliCAD ITC Carlson Software Civil Survey CO-OP Membership